What can I say! What a wonderful evening was had by all yesterday at our third Arts Festival. Our school motto is 'Enjoy Achieve Together' and last night certainly was an example of this. It was so lovely to see the whole school community, parents, children, governors and of course the stars of the show 'children' coming together to provide an evening of entertainment, fun, laughter and celebration. This year the event was opened by an amazing performance from Emily Allen (known to you as Mrs Mckay who is an actress in her own right)-she certainly set the bar high! This was then followed by a showcase of a wide range of talent by children from the full breadth of the school, an ex pupil Charlotte Ensor, Mr Golledge (a music producer and teacher and parent) and a surprise appearance from Wonder Woman! All the acts received a rapturous applause from a full house of performer's family, friends and members of staff. The evenings proceedings were masterfully led by the schools Arts Council as the audience enjoyed performances ranging from instrumental, to modern dance, to poetry recitals, to the school Choir and forgetting the Staff SClub 8. Thank you to Ella for doing Lighting, Jake for the Sound and the PTFA for providing refreshments during the interval, indeed the evening was a truly magnificent affair, with children and parents beaming from ear to ear. Video to follow!
Alongside the celebration we made a presentation acknowledging the outstanding contribution to the Arts by one of our children. The Lindsay Roberts Arts Award recognises talent, commitment and aspiration towards achievement in the Arts, be it at performance level of something someone has simply done for joy. Congratulations to Gemma Brassley who was awarded the "Lindsay Roberts" Arts Award for 2018.
Her love of drama began with the school nativity plays in KS1 and she has participated in the drama club productions. She had her first major part last year, playing Prospero in her class production of The Tempest at the Shakespeare School Festival at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Mr Gilder describe his experience of working with Gemma:
“Gemma was a true leader by example when Year 5 rehearsed and performed The Tempest at the end of last year. I particularly remember one rehearsal, about two weeks in, when we were sitting in a circle going through the play and got to the final scene, in which Gemma's character had most of the lines and was responsible for tying up all the loose ends of what is Shakespeare's most complex play. Robin didn't have her script with her, so Gemma said she could borrow hers but asked Robin to keep it open so if she forgot any lines she could look down and see them. She proceeded to deliver all her lines crisply and clearly, with a total understanding of the script. When we finished the whole of the Year 5 cast were silent and just looked at her in astonishment. Then they clapped her. It was a great moment for Gemma but also for the rest of the children because it made them really believe in each other and that they really could do Shakespeare. So, when it came to writing this scene for the Arts Festival I knew I needed to stretch Gemma. I deliberately wrote her a character that firstly sits and listens which is a vital discipline for actors to perfect. Then she had the big wordy difficult speech towards the end that I knew she would relish.”
Gemma is also an enthusiastic and committed member of the school choir and has enjoyed two trips to the O2 as well as performances at the Summer fetes and church services. This year I am sure you would agree that she flourished in delivering her first solo performance to you this evening. She has singing lessons with Kent Music at school and will be taking her Grade One exam this Summer.
She is also a member of the Kilndown Youth Choir meeting every Saturday morning. Her choir master, Julian Wells says "Gemma is a truly inspirational member of the Kilndown Community Choir. She has a beautiful singing voice, incredible musicality for her age and an ability to really engage her audience. Her ability to learn all of the words is also legendary! She inspires all of her fellow choir members, both children and adults and is such an asset to the choir." She has performed at several concerts and sang her first solo at the Advent Family Service in Christ Church.
Don't worry if you missed it, click on the video to find out more.
....and a memorable finale to this years' Arts' Festival - S Club 8 hit the stage.
On Friday, it was wonderful to celebrate, as a whole school, the annual Christingle service. The service and the 250 Christingles were prepared by Year 6; the readers, in particular, spoke with real confidence, clarity and expression. Year 6's performance was only equalled by the superb singing from the rest of the school during our special Christingle hymns.
Click here to watch the video that was collated by Year 6 to show what the Christingle represents:
Thank you for all your kind donations to the Children's Society. So far we have raised £398.10 which is amazing.
We have had a fantastic time this week in Kudu class. The children had a go at sewing and they really enjoyed it. It’s definately something we will be doing again - there was such a lovely atmosphere and we had a lot of very proud children. The puppets will be finished on Wednesday during our theme day so watch this space (or blog) for more photos next week - or better still, pop in and have a look.
My renewed thanks for inviting me.
With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/manger-mouse
This week I received a lovely letter from the Shakespeare for schools festival following Year 5's performance of the Tempest at The Trinity Theatre on 22/11/17.
"I would like to offer sincere thanks and congratulations to Goudhurst and Kilndown CE Primary School for your wonderful production of The Tempest as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival. Students and teachers alike have put hard work, imagination, determination and passion into this production, and were a credit to the school. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few fantastic moments that you should be especially proud of.
What an atmospheric and creative Tempest. I loved the use of live sound by the actors, as well as the soundtrack, which combined brilliantly. Your use of ensemble throughout was fantastic, creating landscapes from just your bodies and beautiful choral moments like becoming the rain of the storm. It was fantastic having you all onstage throughout, which created an intimate playing space and it was lovely having that focus on the centre of the action.
Physically you were brilliant, opening out and sharing the text with the audience. I also loved the physical language of the magic in the play.
You had brilliant performance energy which was so punchy, and you picked up your cues showing you were really listening to each other. Technically, you had fantastic vocal energy, projecting your voices with clarity.
You brought out the humour within this play beautifully and I loved your physical comedy choices, particularly your comic timing, your use of slapstick comedy and the modern asides. Your student technicians also worked hard over the day, helping to cue and run the show and tech - Kudzai, William and Thomas. The whole company was focussed and hardworking throughout.
Thank you for a magical, mysterious and marvellous Tempest."
Appraised by Natasha Rickman
Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production.
What an amazing evening! The children of Y5 this week performed the Tempest at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Their performance was described as being "Magical, Mysterious and Marvellous." All the children spoke confidently and clearly, indeed their was vocal energy and their timing was excellent. Well done to everyone and thank you to Miss Wilkins and her team for all their hardwork preparing the children. I am a very proud Headteacher!
I would also like to extend my gratitude and pass on a huge thank you to Robyn Weaver and Sean Gilder for the enormous amount of time and patience they so freely gave in the preparation of what truly was an amazing performance on Wednesday evening. I would also like to thank Mark Payne for all of his help with light and sound and also to Shereen Shimmin for her help with the costumes.
We are so lucky to have such a talented and generous parents in our school community.
Thank you to all those parents who kindly donated harvest gifts this week. Also to those parents who transported the gifts and decorated St. Mary's Church in preparation for our service. Indeed what a wonderful service it was! Caroline reminded us that Harvest was a time for thanksgiving and generosity. She retold the story of the Rich Fool to help us reflect on the folly of placing too much value on material wealth. Moreover, the children filled the church with their singing, poems, paintings and prayers. Indeed it was a delight to see so many parents and members of the community coming together at the service to help us celebrate, enjoy and achieve, together!
All your donated gifts will be taken to the Food Bank in Tunbridge Wells known as Nourish or will be distributed to local people.
If you would like to continue to help people in our own Community beyond Harvest time, please leave food items particularly dry food stuffs in St. Mary's Church which will then be stored in their Community Cupboard. Anyone who is struggling with bills and food costs can then go and take what they need - no questions asked.
Once again thank you for your support.
Well done to everyone involved in our end of KS2 production. The clue is definitely in the name, it was truly an AMAZING production. It was hilariously funny, the children spoke and acted confidently, the costumes, scenery and props were fantastic, the dancing had such energy and the singing simply raised the roof.
Thank you particularly to Mrs Mileham for being such a good sport leading the encore wearing her PANTS!
Parents and family members then visited the school in the afternoon to celebrate all that the children have achieved throughout the year. I felt very proud, there was a real buzz in the school, a sense of community and a feeling of success! It was also wonderful to see so many people, the school looked amazing thank you to all the staff and children for their hard work and thank you to you for your interest and support.